Photos and species list from Bird Walk

Parakeet - Steve

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Well, we didn’t see a sparrow hawk this year, but the weather was much better, and the mating nuthatches in Mayow Park were a bonus.  We’re now thinking about a trip to Norwood Country Park early May – should see load of white throats there.

Here’s the complete species list:

  • Blackbird
  • Wren
  • Robin
  • Mistle thrush
  • Greater spotted woodpecker
  • Green woodpecker
  • Parakeet
  • Nuthatch
  • Jay
  • Carrion crow
  • Magpie
  • Blue tit
  • Great tit
  • Chiffchaff
  • Chaffinch
  • Stock dove
  • Wood pigeon
  • Collared dove
  • Feral pigeon
  • Moorhen

and thanks to Ron and Steve for the photos

More photos from January’s “Last Tuesday”

Thanks to Tom for sending these through – not sure if it was you who tool them or Kayla.  In any case, it’s great to see what someone else sees to photograph

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Bird Walk 26 December 2016

After a couple of festive days staying inside, I was ready for some fresh air. This perfect winters day, bright but cold was made for a short bird walk round the reserve. My son Nick and I wrapped up and set off.Inside the reserve all was quiet and 2 walks around the perimeter yielded a meagre 4 bird species; wood pigeon, robin, collared dove and great tit….possibly my poorest return ever here. However with few leaves round perhaps many birds were foraging in gardens; a more reliable food source. Undeterred we stuck around and as the day closed in birds began to arrive to roost and our numbers picked up. We saw wren, blackbird, goldfinch, chaffinch, blue tit, carrion crow and we heard a great sotted woodpecker in one of the tallest oaks. Try as we might all we gotf for our efforts to locate it were sore necks. However there was some reward in the form of a pair of nuthatches. I’ve always been puzzled why, with so many mature oaks in the wood I’ve never seen nuthatches before (one heard last summer), especially as they’re abundant in Mayow Park. Anyway as the temperature dropped we prepared to leave . Hard work but with the nuthatch sighting, ultimately rewarding. On the way out Nick saw a cormorant skirt the reserve and on the way home i picked up the churriing of a party of long tailed tits in a Silverdale garden and enjoy edged views. A nice ending to the walk.

Bird Walk – May 17

Lovely weather made for a very enjoyable spin  round the reserve. Trees fully in leaf meant spotting the birds was trickier but a good range of species are seen or heard. Sadly it didn’t include the Sparrowhawk, which has appeared in the last 4 walks  but there was compensation the form of overflying swallows, which though not in any sense rare, I haven’t seen at the reserve before…..so the list extends.

The chiffchaff I heard last time was calling again suggesting it’s probably breeding in the wood or somewhere  very close. Still not seen a single starling or House Sparrow in all my visits – something that would have been  inconceivable in my childhood.

The full list was as follows:

  • Carrion Crow
  • Jay
  • Magpie
  • Blue Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Robin
  • Wren
  • Blackbird
  • Woodpigeon
  • Stock Dove
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Ring-necked Parakeet
  • Chiffchaff
  • Blackcap
  • Moorhen

Map of plants in Dacres Wood

This map is intended to help visitors find the plants in our list. We will be adding more, and adding features to the background OpenStreetMap to help with identifying locations.

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Dacres Wood combined

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Dacres Wood combined: 51.431975, -0.052621
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Mentha aquatica (Water Mint)
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Fallopia japonica (Japanese Knotweed)
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Camelia
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Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)
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Veronica beccabunga (Brooklime)
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Alisma plantago-aquatica (Water Plantain)
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Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard)
Also known as Jack-by-the-Hedge
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Arum maculatum (Lords and Ladies)
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Buddleja davidii (Buddleia)
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Cardamine flexuosa (Wavy Bittercress)
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Carex pendula (Pendulous Sedge)
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Carex sylvatica (Wood Sedge)
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Ceratophyllum demersum (Rigid Hornwort)
Aquatic plant
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Chamerion angustifolium (Rosebay Willowherb)
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Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle)
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Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)
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Cyclamen hederifolium (Sowbread)
(Also known as Ivy-leaved Cyclamen)
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Dryopteris filix-mas (Male Fern)
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Epilobium hirsutum (Great Willowherb)
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Epilobium montanum (Broad-leaved Willowherb)
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Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail)
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Ficaria verna (Lesser Celandine)
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Glyceria fluitans (Floating Sweet-grass)
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Glyceria maxima (Reed Sweet-grass)
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Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire Fog grass)
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Hyacinthoides x massartiana (Hybrid Bluebell)
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Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Flag Iris)
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Juncus effusus (Soft Rush)
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Lemna minor (Common Duckweed)
Aquatic plant
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Lemna trisulca (Ivy-leaved Duckweed)
Aquatic plant
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Lolium perenne (Perennial Rye-grass)
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Poa annua (Annual Meadow-grass)
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Poa pratensis (Smooth Meadow-grass)
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Poa trivialis (Rough Meadow-grass)
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Ranunculus repens (Creeping Buttercup)
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Sagina procumbens (Procumbent Pearlwort)
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Trifolium dubium (Lesser Trefoil)
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Veronica serpyllifolia (Thyme-leaved Speedwell)
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Vicia sativa (Common Vetch)
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Veronica hederifolia (Ivy-leaved Speedwell)
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Urtica dioica (Common Nettle)
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Rumex obtusifolius (Broad-leaved Dock)
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Rumex sanguineus (Wood Dock)
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Aegopodium podagraria (Ground Elder)
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Alopecurus geniculatus (Marsh Foxtail grass)
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Arrhenatherum elatius (False Oat-grass)
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Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot grass)
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Geranium robertianum (Herb Robert)
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Geum urbanum (Wood Avens)
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Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore)
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Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)
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Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley)
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Aucuba japonica (spotted Laurel)
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Bellis perennis (Daisy)
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Corylus avellana (Hazel)
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Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)
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Fraxinus excelsior (Ash)
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Galium aparine (Cleavers)
Also known as Goosegrass or Sticky Willy
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Hedera helix (Ivy)
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Ilex aquifolium (Holly)
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Pentaglottis sempervirens (Green Alkanet)
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Prunus avium (Cherry)
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Quercus robur (English Oak)
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Quercus serris (Turkey Oak)
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Rubus fruticosus (Bramble)
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Salix cinerea (Grey Willow)
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Sambucus nigra (Elder)
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Senecio jacobaea (Common Ragwort)
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Solanum dulcamara (Bittersweet)
Also known as Woody Nightshade
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Stachys sylvatica (Hedge Woundwort)
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Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)
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Taxus baccata (Yew)
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Ulmus procera (English Elm)
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Dipping platform
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Glade
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Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)
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Gallinula chloropus (Moorhen)
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Agrostis stolonifera (Creeping Bent)
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Agrostis capillaris (Common Bent)
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Calystegia sepium (Hedge Bindweed)
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Fragaria vesca (Alpine Strawberry)
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Pilosella aurantiaca (Fox and Cubs)
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Phleum bertolonii (Smaller Cat's-tail)
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Circaea lutetiana (Enchanter's Nightshade)
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Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal)
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Epilobium ciliatum (American Willowherb)
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Epilobium parviflorum (Hoary Willowherb)
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Typha latifolia (Common Reedmace)
Also known as Bulrush
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Persicaria maculosa (Redshank)
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Buxus sempervirens (Box)
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Betula pendula (Silver Birch)
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Prunus nobilis (Bay Laurel)
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Viola riviniana (Common Dog Violet)

Loads of plants added now, but many more to come.

Also a couple of features – the dipping platform and the glade.  Some we may add to the OpenStreetMap eventually.

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Updated plant list

Listing of Dacres Wood plant species

Species Name
Follow links for Wikipedia pages
Common Name Photo taken in Dacres Wood
Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore
Aegopodium podagraria Ground-elder
Aesculus hippocastanum Horse Chestnut  Horse chestnut - fully in flower
Alopecurus geniculatus Marsh foxtail Alopecurus geniculatus (Marsh Foxtail)
Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard  Jack by the hedge
Anisantha sterilis Barren Brome
Anthriscus sylvestris  Cow Parsley  Cow parlsey
Arrhenatherum elatius False Oat-grass
Arum maculatum Lords and Ladies  Arum lily
Aucuba japonica Spotted Laurel ‘crotonifolia’
Camelia sp. Camelia
Cardamine flexuosa Wavy Bittercress
Carex pendula Sedge
Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle
Corylus avellana Hazel
Crataegus monogyna Hawthorn
Cyclamen sp. Cyclamen sp.
Dactylis glomerata Cocksfoot
Dryopteris filix-mas  Male-fern
Elytrigia repens Common Couch
Epilobium hirsutum Great Willowherb
Equisetum arvense Field Horsetail
Fagus sylvatica Common Beech
Fallopia japonica Japanese Knotweed
Ficaria verna Lesser Celandine
Fraxinus excelsior Ash
Galium aparine Cleavers
Geranium robertianum Herb Robert
Geum urbanum Wood Avens  Wood avens
Glyceria maxima Reed Sweet-grass  Sweet reed grass
Hedera helix Ivy
Hordeum murinum Wall Barley
Hyacinthoides hispanica Spanish Bluebell
Hyacinthoides non-scripta Native Bluebell  Bluebells - looking more native than Spanish
Ilex aquifolium Holly  Holly flower (male)
Iris Pseudacorus Yellow Flag Iris
Juncus effusus Soft Rush  Soft rush
Lolium perenne Perennial Rye-grass
Lonicera sp. Honeysuckle  Honeysuckle (I think)
Mentha aquatica Water mint Water mint
Poa trivialis Rough Meadow-grass  Poa trivialis (Rough Meadow-grass)
Potentilla sp. Potentilla sp.
Prunus avium Cherry
Prunus laurocerasus Cherry Laurel
Quercus ilex Holm Oak
Quercus robur Pedunculate Oak
Quercus serris Turkey Oak
Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup
Rhododendron sp. Rhododendron sp.
Rosa sp. Rose  Wild rose seedling
Rubus fruticosus agg. Bramble
Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved Dock
Rumex sanguineus Wood Dock
Salix sp. Willow
Sambucus nigra Elder  Elder nearly in flower
Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort
Taraxacum officinale agg. Dandelion
Taxus baccata Yew
Tilia x europaea Lime
Ulmus procera English Elm
Urtica dioica Common Nettle
Veronica hederifolia Ivy-leaved Speedwell

Bird Walk 28 March 2014

To coincide with the first Dacres Wood open day of the year I decided to do a bird walk to see what species were showing in the reserve.

The weather was grey and dry but the light was poor.  On the other hand the trees are still not in leaf which made locating bird much easier and whilst the numbers of bird species wasn’t high there were nevertheless some good sightings. The full list is as follows:

  • Stock Dove
  • Woodpigeon
  • Feral pigeon
  • Magpie
  • Carrion Crow
  • Wren
  • Blue Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Mallard
  • Moorhen
  • Mallard
  • Heron (My first ever sighting in the reserve)
  • Herring Gull (overflying)

Paul Barrett